Japan unveiled its mascot Pikachu for Brazil 2014

Japan unveiled its mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and guess who is it? Pikachu! Yes, the short chubby rodent from the beloved Pokemon series

Adidas, the official apparel sponsor for Japan's football team and The Pokémon Company announced Friday that Pikachu will be the official mascot for the Japanese football team for  the 2014 football World Cup. Pikachu is not the official mascot of  the  FIFA World Cup 2014. It is Fuleco, the Brazilian three-banded Armadillo.

The popular "electric mouse" will have its own squad comprising of Meowth, Bulbasaur, Charmander and , Squirtle, all characters from the original Pokémon series. Six Pokémons from the latest video games - X and Y will join them in the promotional campaign. They are Chespin, Froakie, Fennekin, Pancham, Helioptile, and Litleo, reports Yahoo! Sport. Without a doubt, Pikachu will lead the squad

This adorable yellow fur-ball is a favorite of many Pokémon fans. Its signature move is releasing electricity of different intensity, stored in its red cheeks. Pikachu and friends will accompany the Japanese football team, "The Blue Samurais", dressed up in the team's official World Cup uniform.

It will be interesting to see whether Pikachu and gang can help bring good luck to the Japanese football team that made its debut at the FIFA World Cup in 1998.

Rumor mills have it that Italy's official mascots will be Mario and Luigi. The reports have not been confirmed yet, reports Yahoo!

The World Cup begins June 12. Japan will be facing Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast in the group stage. Japan's first match will be against Ivory Coast, June 14.